The CLASS Act is worth savings [sic – saving], writes Howard Gleckman [Washington Post]: “If it survives, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would, for the first time, create a national, voluntary long-term care insurance program to help pay for personal care for the frail elderly and younger adults with disabilities. It is a modest first step toward turning long-term care from an unsustainable and inappropriate welfare program into an insurance-based system…There is no doubt the program needs to be significantly revised if it is to have any chance of success. But without CLASS, or something like it, millions of disabled adults, frail seniors and their families will be left with only Medicaid’s tattered safety net to support their personal care needs.” (Reported in Ezra Klein’s Wonkbook email newsletter)

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